PICTURE: Tigerair takes first A320 with retrofitted sharklets

Tigerair received its first Airbus A320 aircraft retrofitted with sharklets on 5 November, which bears the registration 9V-TRK.

The aircraft was retrofitted at Sepang Aircraft Engineering, an MRO facility in Kuala Lumpur, says the low-cost carrier.

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“The increase in travel demand over the recent years across our network has led to higher aircraft utilisation for Tigerair. These sharklets will enable us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, while maximising fuel efficiency,” says Tigerair group chief executive Koay Peng Yen.

“Being the first airline in Asia to be retrofitted with Airbus sharklets is also a win-win for us as it enables us to do our part for the environment while giving us a competitive advantage in the industry.”

Tigerair will receive another 19 aircraft by the financial year 2016, adding to its existing fleet of 49 A320s.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the retrofitted aircraft was delivered in July 2013. It is owned and managed by Tigerair.

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